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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Veritas 009 is a substantial departure from earlier members of The Lost Abbey’s small batch experimental program, which were generally sour beers aged in French oak barrels for 12 to 15 months. Begun in late 2007 as dark base beer, it was sent to freshly emptied bourbon barrels from Kentucky’s Heaven Hill Distilleries. The beer aged for 15 months before it was moved into French oak barrels previously used for wine (primarily Syrah). Sour cherries were added and the beer was left to rest for another year and three months. Finally, in mid-2010, it was pulled from the barrels, blended, bottled and sent off to condition for an additional 11 months.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbudd19 (980) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. Dark black oil like pour. Aroma - complex aroma, sour cherries, oak, some bourbon. No head to speak of, taste - very little carbonation (almost none) wine like notes, vinous, sour fruit character, very complex. Really intersting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3599) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle shared at Dave’s tasting. Pours black with a bit of a head to it. Very pleasant aroma that is mildly sour with oak, red wine vinegar, sour cherry, and vanilla. The flavor is sour, more sour than the aroma suggests. There is a multitude of flavor components that I can pick out but they never really come together to form a single cohesive structure. There’s red wine vinegar, sour cherry, vanilla, oak, and caramel all present. I was very glad that I was able to sample this beer and thank you to whoever brought it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2204) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2013 750 ml corked and caged bottle shared with brenn79. Thanks for the trade, Alen! Ugly black beer with no head. Aroma is astringent and consists of vinegar, dark fruits, almonds, wood, raisins, paint thinner. Taste is sour (8/10 on a sour scale) with a tannic savoriness that grips the sides of the tongue like a vice; lots of dark fruit notes. Carbonation is nil, full body, oily texture. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdrinker79 (1963) - Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2013
750 ml bottle, shared with Poisoneddwarf- Pours completely flat looking with a very dark red to black color. Aroma is strong in oak, bourbon, cherries, kind of spicy, pepper. The taste is more sour ale thankfully, mildly tart and dry, cherries and plums, oak, bourbon in the finish mostly. Body is medium and carbonation is massively low, but honestly that doesn’t bother me too much. Usually I prefer my beers more carbonated, but there is no denying this beers quality and drinkability. This is a beer that I am very glad I tried, but I don’t think I would ever buy another bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CanIHave4Beers (3897) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle courtesy of pantanap @ the Loineshawn wedding.
Pours dark, basically a black color... perfectly still.

The nose is balsamic vinegar coca, paper, & some light earthy funkiness.

The flavor is cardboard-y, with a bunch of nice red wine flavor, both bright red grape & tannic characteristics play well together here. It’s plenty boozy and vinegary as well, the tartness is nice & it’s plenty sour. Many aspects of this are really very pleasant, and maybe there is some bottle variation, but this one was oxidized & acetic to the point where a lot of those really fantastic flavors were muddled. I really like what the idea behind this beer, but the bottle I tried wasn’t so great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
abemorsten (3495) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle kindly saved and shared by gunnar. Clear deep mahogany body verging on black and headless. Lovely and inviting boozy prune port and barrel notes fill the nostrils. Full bodied, flat and syrupy texture. Delicious fruity and acidic with pungent raisin flavor and a fitting alco warmth. The acidity adds momentum to the swallowing sensation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sigmund (6277) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2013
750 ml corked bottle, kindly shared by gunnar. ABV is 8.0%. Black colour, no head whatsoever. Intense sourish aroma, notes of brettanomyces, lemons and sour cherries, on a background of roasty notes. Intense and sour very rough flavour, lemony and woody. Too sour and rough for me, causes spasms in my tastebud and face muscles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Holmen1 (4471) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2013
Flaske hos Ole Anders juni-13: ikke antydning til skum, helt flat. Lyset greier ikke å trenge igjennom. Intens vinøs aroma. Første slurken snerper og det varmer straks i magen. Engelsk old strong ale blandet med kirsebær? Balsamicoeddik? Jeg blir ikke umiddelbart sjarmert. Veritas - intet sannhetsserum her, selv etter flere injeksjoner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (7508) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle at local tasting. Pours pitch black, no head at all. Aroma is light sour, bourbon,cocoa and vanilla. Taste is astringent sourish, over the top, lots of oak and vinegar, balsamico mouthfeel, interesting but a bit too odd.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheHOFF43 (1994) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle shared by TheAlum, thanks Adam. Pours almost black with some off-white head. Bourbon on the nose, didn’t get a ton of sour/wild from this.

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